The Girls and Boys of Belchertown

The Girls and Boys of Belchertown

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During much of the twentieth century, people labeled feeble-minded, mentally deficient, and mentally retarded were often confined in large, publicly funded, residential institutions located on the edges of small towns and villages some distance from major population centers. At the peak of their development in the late 1960s, these institutionsfrequently called schools or homeshoused 190, 000 men, women, and children in the United States.Robert Hornick recounts the story of the Belchertown State School in Belchertown, Massachusetts, from its beginnings in the 1920s to its closure in the 1990s following a scandalous exposAc and unprecedented court case that put the ...

Title:The Girls and Boys of Belchertown
Author:Robert N. Hornick
Publisher:Univ of Massachusetts Press - 2012


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